When the 2012 NFL season kicked off, no one gave Russell Wilson a ton of thought because he was scheduled to be playing behind Matt Flynn. However, Coach Pete Carroll decided early on that Wilson would be the guy to lead the offense. That decision paid off and helped Seattle get into the playoffs. The question is, can Wilson improve, or was he experiencing some beginner’s luck?
Coming out of college, Wilson had a lot of negatives that overshadowed his performance on the field. Perhaps it was unfair to be compared to the likes of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but he did not have the natural talent as the top signal callers in the 2012 draft.
Seattle gambled and took the undersized 23-year old to give him a shot. Wilson quickly made a name for himself, and finished the season about as strongly as possible. He finished fourth in passer rating while throwing for 3118 yards and 26 touchdowns. Those are not just good rookie numbers, but good numbers for any starting quarterback.
Part of Wilson’s success came from the fact that he was a bit unconventional in his ability to create outside of the pocket as well as in it. Seeing a quarterback for the first time for any NFL team is also a bit difficult to prepare for. Due to that, there is at least some concern that he has already reached his peak.
However, Seattle fans should not automatically worry. Wilson has already made a name for himself for his strong work ethic, and Carroll has already stated that his now franchise quarterback will be ready to take another step in 2013. Seeing is believing, but Wilson has continually proved people wrong at every level. He may not have the type of upside as his two main peers from his draft class, but he can be a consistent top 10 quarterback in the league, and a safe fantasy football pick, if he continues to improve and make adjustments.
Outside of the common types of NFL sports bets – such as which teams will win the AFC and NFC leagues and the Super Bowl itself, another popular way of betting on the NFL is a prop (or proposition) bet. There are all kinds of prop bets available for the NFL, like betting on who will score the first touchdown in a particular match (often the Super Bowl), and who will make the most passes leading to touchdowns, to which team will be the first to score in particular match – but one of the less common ones is betting on who will score the most touchdowns over the season.
Indeed many sports betting sites don’t offer this as an NFL prop bet, and there are reasons why it can be a difficult thing to bet – with the primary one being that there are so many factors that can affect it over the course of the season, from injuries to players to the overall performance of the team (and thus how far into the season they progress). A tip for those considering putting a bet on this would be to think instead about betting on the player who will score the most touchdowns over the course of a single big match instead – for example the Super Bowl itself.
Another alternative would be to play an NFL themed slots game like $5 Million Touchdown at an online casino. If you think that a mere slots game cannot possibly be as potentially lucrative as a well-placed prop bet, then consider that the name of $5 Million Touchdown derives from the size of the maximum jackpot on offer. Furthermore, if you are also of the belief that casino games like slots have no real connection with the NFL, then consider the reel icons shaped like footballs, players and whistles, plus the bonus game where you have to pass the ball from one player to another, gaining bonus credits, until you score a touchdown.
Who is ready for more Super Bowl 47 odds? Earlier we talked Super Bowl MVP odds. Now I want to concentrate on Joe Flacco specific prop bets. There are a ton of different bets that have to do with touchdowns, of course. Here are some of my favorites.
First, I want to talk about Joe Flacco.
Total TD Passes – Joe Flacco (BAL)
1 Touchdown (+175)
2 Touchdowns (+250)
3 Touchdowns (+450)
Placing a smaller wager on both 1 TD and 2 TDS may be a sound way to play this one.
Next up; lets look at yardage.
Longest Completion – Joe Flacco (BAL)
Over(-125)/under(-105) – 40.5 yards
The Ravens have been known to throw the deep ball. In fact, they throw it a lot. I love the over here. Sticking with this idea, shall we talk overall yardage output?
Total Passing Yards – Joe Flacco (BAL)
Over(-135)/under(+105) – 250.5 yards
Now, as I said the Ravens will throw and throw again. However, the Niners are a stout defense. I’d take the odds here and go under at +105.
You might have a gambling problem if you bet on this next one.
Joe Flacco (BAL) First pass of the game will be?
That said, I may have a gambling problem so I will take the +155 odds on an incomplete pass.